The Food Standards Agency has announced that Bounce Food Limited is recalling some of its Bounce energy balls because of fears that they could contain sunflower seeds contaminated with listeria monocytogenes.
This organism causes symptoms that could be associated with flu, including a high temperature, muscle pain, chills, vomiting and diarrhoea. In rare cases the infection can be associated with more serious complications such as meningitis.
Very young babies, pregnant women and their babies, people over the age of 65, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to be vulnerable to this infection.
The energy balls are sold in retail outlets including health food shops and in gyms.
The withdrawn products are:
Bounce Energy Ball - Cashew & Pecan Vitality Lift, Pack size: 42g, 'Best before' date: all dates from 29 August 2016 to 15 February 2017; and Bounce Energy Ball - Apple & Cinnamon Protein Punch, Pack size: 42g, 'Best before' date: all dates from 28 August 2016 to 12 March 2017.
Bounce Food Limited has provided point of sale notices to be supplied in retail outlets with the affected product. Consumers who have bought the products will be offered a full refund.